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05 July 2017

BSS Summer Series featuring Katie Ormerod

Over the coming weeks we catch up with our Team Athletes and Coaches to reflect on their incredible achievements last winter and look forward to PyeongChang 2018. During this series we will cover historic milestones, testing out venues and preparing for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.

This week we catch up with GB Park & Pipe Snowboarder, Katie Ormerod!

 

Throughout the season you achieved 5 podium finishes across Big Air and Slopestyle, was this your best season to date?

Yes this season has been my best yet! I got my first X Games Medal, an Air and Style Podium and my first ever World Cup Gold medal. I also got Silver and Bronze at the Olympic Test event and a Silver in the Mile High event so I'm super happy with how it went! 

Katie with her ‘The Reason Mag’ Rider of the Year Award

In Moscow you became the first ever British women to win a Snowboard Big Air World Cup. How did it feel reaching this milestone?

It felt amazing to be the first Brit to win a Big Air World Cup! It's always been on my bucket list to win a World Cup so winning was the best feeling ever!!

 

Competing in both Big Air and Slopestyle makes for a very busy competition schedule, how did you manage this throughout the season?

This season was tough as we had so many back to back contests in both Big Air and Slopestyle, and it did get very difficult and tiring at times. It helps when the comps are successful as it keeps me motivated. At one point, we had to travel back and forth across the world 4 times in 2 weeks, so my jet lag was all over the place. It was well worth it though! :)

Katie claiming 1st place at the Big Air World Cup in Moscow earlier this year

You’ve competed in test events for both Big Air and Slopestyle, which slope are you most looking forward to competing in at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics?

I'm definitely looking forward to the Big Air, as it is in a really cool venue, but Slopestyle will also be very interesting and unique as the test event was unlike other competitions we have competed in before. 

Summarise your expectations for next season in 5 words

Olympics, Gold, medals, exciting, fun

Katie and teammate Matt McCormick getting some down time at their Spring Camp in Silvaplana

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